Cherry Lemon Granita

Ever since I made the Watermelon Granita and realized how easy it is,  I’ve been dying to try another flavor.  I know I promised almond would be next, but when I saw these deep red, sweet cherries in the produce isle the other day I couldn’t resist.

I added fresh lemon juice and thin curls of lemon peel to perk up the flavors.

Our summer vacation is coming up soon and I’ve been brainstorming on what would be good to make while at the beach house.

I will definitely be making this and adult and kid friendly versions of these.

But I don’t think a granita can handle the hot summer heat …

Shopping List
1 cup pitted sweet cherries
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
juice of half of a lemon
thin slices of lemon peel, about half of the lemon

After pitting your cherries (you can slice them around the pit as well) add all of your ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until you have a fine puree.

Pour the puree through a sieve/strainer, with a bowl underneath, to remove the left over cherry and lemon pieces and drain out the juices.  It helps to press a large spoon against the cherry bits to help squeeze out any additional liquid.

Pour the juice into a small casserole pan and freeze over night. Scrap your frozen liquid with a fork when it is solid and serve in a martini glass, bowl, or plate as you wish. Enjoy it quickly though before it melts!

5 Responses to “Cherry Lemon Granita”

  1. Hester Chang posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm (#)

    The color that you achieved on this granita from these cherries is absolutely brilliant! I can’t wait to go buy some cherries now! Thank you for sharing this 😉

  2. Tina posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm (#)

    I have seen so many icy treats, but this flavor combination is calling my name. Awesome pics!

  3. The Farmers Wife posted on June 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm (#)

    That is just beautiful! Love this recipe, would be great for our summer heat! Thanks!

  4. Kim Bee posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:48 am (#)

    I am making a list to go shopping for the ingredients this weekend. I must try this cherry granita. It looks so amazing.Thanks for posting this.

  5. Chef Dennis posted on June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am (#)

    this looks so very very good! I have never made Granita, I really have to try this!
    Congrats on the top 9 today!

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